October/November 2001 IBEW Journal
Showing a strong spirit of union pride, approximately
2,600 delegates plus guests, officers and staff assembled
for the first day of the IBEW 36th International Convention
on Monday, September 10, 2001, in the Moscone Convention Center,
San Francisco, California.
Ninth District International Vice President Michael S. Mowrey
opened the session presiding as temporary chairman.
A stirring opening ceremony riveted the crowd, which filled
the massive hall to overflowing. The 32-unit Sword of Light
Pipe and Drum Band of IBEW Local 3, New York City, filed through
the hall followed by the U.S. Air Force Moffett Field Honor
Guard in a presentation of the U.S. colors. Debbie Mazzanti
of Local 1245, Walnut Creek, California, sang the U.S. national
First District International Vice President Donald Lounds
introduced the 48th Highlanders Pipes and Drums from Toronto,
the premier pipe and drum band in the Canadian military. Following
a presentation of the Canadian colours by the Highlanders,
Terry Wilson, wife of First District International Representative
Jerry Wilson, sang the Canadian national anthem.
Archbishop William Levada of San Francisco gave the invocation,
praying for "blessings on the working men and women of
our country as they use their gifts and talents to promote
the well-being of society and the good of every person."
Local 6, San Francisco, Business Manager John ORourke welcomed
delegates to the city and introduced guest speaker San Francisco
Mayor Willie L. Brown as a longtime champion of working men
and women in the state of California. Mayor Brown expressed
his and the citys pleasure at the IBEWs holding its convention
in the "City by the Bay." He applauded the IBEW
for its role at the forefront of the labor movement in a strong
union city, saying, "So when you come to San Francisco,
an extraordinary union town, you are doing what you do best
and thats making sure that organized workers, as well as
unorganized workers, get equal justice and equal pay for equal
work and proper treatment in the workplace." [ Brown
Vice President Mowrey added his own words of welcome "on
behalf of the 70 local unions and over 117,000 members in
the Ninth District. The IBEWs strength lies in its unity,
he said. "We have many branches, but one union. This
is the unity of purpose that will enable us to move forward
as one IBEW. Obligation and responsibility, vision for the
future, unity of purpose, these are the principles that will
provide for a strong IBEW."
Entertainer Lee Greenwood sang "Proud to be an American,"
accompanied by dazzling pyrotechnics. He introduced a video
presentation featuring the success stories of several IBEW
members from various districts. "Well hear several stories
this week about some of the amazing things going on in your
communities," Greenwood said. "Weve chosen one
story from each district, and all are examples of the power
of the IBEW and the character of its members.
"Rooted in the past and with an eye on the future, the
IBEW is bridging the gap between where youve come from and
where you are going," Greenwood told the delegates after
singing his rendition of "America the Beautiful."
He spoke of the IBEW Beacon, a glowing landmark being installed
atop downtown Chicagos historic Palmolive Building.
Greenwood then invited delegates to "please welcome
your International President Edwin D. Hill and your International
Secretary-Treasurer Jerry J. OConnor."
Following a standing ovation, President Hill was presented
with two gavels specially handcrafted by IBEW members. Vice
President Mowrey and Brother Ron Borst of Local 1245, Walnut
Creek, California, gave President Hill a gavel made of tiger
striped myrtle wood, which is very precious and rare, found
only in Southern Oregon, Northern California and Israel. Business
Manager John Chalovich of Local 5, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
presented President Hill with a gavel crafted from oak made
by retired Local 5 member Irv Gruenbaugh.
Declaring the convention in session, President Hill then
introduced the International Officers, beginning with Secretary-Treasurer
OConnor. Next he introduced the International Vice Presidents:
Donald Lounds, First District; Frank J. Carroll, Second District;
Lawrence E. Rossa, Third District; Paul J. Witte, Fourth District;
Melvin W. Horton, Fifth District; Lawrence P. Curley, Sixth
District; Orville A. Tate, Jr., Seventh District; Jon F. Walters,
Eighth District; Michael S. Mowrey, Ninth District; Carl Lansden,
Tenth District (who was hospitalized at the time and received
special mention and a special round of applause); and William
C. Eads, Eleventh District. President Hill next introduced
the International Executive Council: Milton L. Foster, chairman;
Joseph A. "Tony" McCafferty, First District; Rui
M. Carrinho, Second District; Wally Sickles, Third District;
Lance Blackstock, Fourth District; Lyle Keith Querry, Fifth
District; Bill J. Motley, Sixth District; Patrick Lavin, Seventh
District; and John E. Cole, Eighth District.
President Hill thanked the officers for their "complete
dedication to our Brotherhood and for their assistance in
leading this great union." He noted that a parliamentarian,
Stanley Brand, was on hand to ensure the convention would
be conducted in an orderly and proper fashion. Mr. Brand,
the former general counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives,
was the parliamentarian at the IBEWs 1996 convention and
has served as parliamentarian for several other international
President Hill introduced a new interactive kiosk system
for delegates speaking from the floor. A convention video
showed delegates how to use the system, which was activated
by swiping their delegate ID card through an electronic reader.
[ Delegates Inaugurate Interactive
Sergeant-at-Arms Committee Chairman Ray Melville, Local 3,
New York, New York, announced that he had delivered the report
of the Credentials Committee to the chairman of the International
Executive Council, Milton L. Foster.
IEC Chairman Foster gave the initial report of the Credentials
Committee stating that the total number registered as of Monday
morning was 2,376 delegates and 197 alternate delegates. He
reported total A membership as 331,451, and total BA membership
as 442,935, for a total membership of 774,386. The credentialed
delegates represented 828 locals and a total voting strength
of 761,504 members. The number of locals without delegates
was 159 and the number of unrepresented members, 12,882.
International Executive Council Secretary McCafferty then
presented the report of the Rules and Order Committee spelling
out the procedures of the convention. Following the report,
President Hill clarified that the election of the three at-large
International Officers would be conducted by secret ballot
as required under the IBEW Constitution, as amended by the
35th International Convention in 1996. The delegates voted
to adopt the report of the committee.
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